The Major League Baseball summer trade market is wide open. With Shohei Ohtani (29) rumored to be on the move, who is the best of the so-called “half-year rentals” in the trade market?
Perhaps the best recent example of a half-year rental with a happy ending is Aroldis Chapman (35, Texas Rangers). Chapman was traded in the summer of 2016.
At the time, Chapman was playing for the New York Yankees before being traded to the Chicago Cubs in late July. That’s when Gleyber Torres was acquired from the Yankees.
It was a trade that the Cubs made in hopes of winning their first World Series title in 108 years, since 1908. The Cubs won. It ended with a bang.토토사이트
Chapman appeared in 31 games for the Yankees before the trade, pitching 31 1/3 innings with 20 saves and a 2.01 ERA. He struck out 44 batters.
Chapman then pitched 26 2/3 innings in 28 games for the Chicago Cubs, going 16-0 with a 1.01 ERA. His strikeouts increased to 46.
Chapman’s next World Series appearance wasn’t as good. He was the winning pitcher in Game 7, but it was a blown save.
However, Chapman did have an impressive outing in Game 5, when he pitched 2 2/3 scoreless, four-hit shutout innings in a comeback effort from a 1-3 deficit.
It’s hard to say how much of a stake Chapman had in the Cubs winning that year. He was dominant in the regular season, but not nearly as much in the postseason.
Aroldis Chapman during his time with the Chicago Cubs.
However, the Cubs brought in a big-name closer in the summer trade market, and they won a championship. As such, the Cubs’ acquisition of Chapman has been hailed as a success.
Most recently, in the summer of 2021. The Atlanta Braves won the World Series after acquiring four arms after Ronald Acuña Jr. was lost for the season.
The Major League Baseball summer trade market is just over a month away. Teams with postseason aspirations will be looking to make trades. Ohtani could be one of them.
With each team looking to make a trade in pursuit of the big dream of winning the World Series, it will be interesting to see which team comes out on top.